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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Civil Disobedience Day - November 5th

The TUC, trade unionists, unemployed, anti cuts campaigners, disabled & pensioners groups have joined forces TODAY to co-ordinate strikes and civil disobedience. November 5th is 'Civil Disobedience Day'.

Civil disobedience will include occupying key government & local government building - the blockade of bridges and sit-down protests in Job Centres, libraries, local council office & atos buildings.

"If we have got money for war, we've got money to wage war on food banks; to get people back to work; our children into school and university - not debt and despair - and to provide dignity for our elderly. It is up to us, to build a mass movement, by building a social consensus, a coalition for change"

Local actions around Britain

LondonBlock Westminster Bridge – Assemble at Jubilee Gardens at 6pm - Bring your energy bills: we will be burning our energy bills on the bridge to highlight the massive rise in energy prices which have left people choosing between heating and eating.

A 24 hour event will be held in Trafalgar Square, 6pm then MARCH on Parliament - be prepared to peacefully assemble for up to 24hrs #MillionMaskMarch

Today on 'Civil Disobedience Day' November 5th  marks the 20th Anniversary of the Act that privatised our railways. - Protest will be held at EVERY train station in Britain, ACTION FOR RAIL will hold protest & leafleting across the country. Join us at stations across the country, meeting passengers and letting them know about our campaign for a national, integrated railway under public ownership.

Barnet – Assemble at 6pm outside Hendon Town Hall, the Burroughs, NW4 4BG.

Birmingham – Assemble at Waterstones, High Str. at 5pm, contact

Bolton – Campaigning against Zero Hours Contracts, Bedroom Tax, Pay Day Loans & NHS Cuts, organised by Bolton Trades Union Council

12:30PM – 1:30PM Leafleting, petitions, mock Bonfire outside Sports Direct (Bolton Town Hall Square)

Blackpool – 16:20 outside the Town Hall, Anonymous Protest

Bridgwater - ”Democracy? They’re Having a Laugh” A mass binning of Tory policies at the Cornhill, Bridgwater (TA6 3BY) 17:00 – 18:00

BrightonAssemble at the Clock Tower at 12pm, contact / Facebook

Bristol – 5th November, 5 PM
Assemble at The Fountains opposite Hippodrome

Come along and burn some austerity policies. Bring a placard with a policy you want to burn! We’re going to being making some noise and a presence in the centre of town so as well as placards, some will be in fancy dress, bring drums, whistles, horns or anything else that will grab attention. / tel: 07971630005

Guild Hall, Market Hill Cambridge “Break the Chains of Austerity” – Time 5/6PM

We will form a chain gang led by David Cameron, dragging behind him various victims of austerity: a schoolboy/girl, a nurse, a train conductor, a fireman/woman… and march through Cambridge singing the old union song “Which Side Are You On?”

Darlington – Assemble outside at 4.30 pm outside the Town Hall for a protest organised by Darlington Against Cuts and supported by the Teesside Peoples Assembly Against Austerity. Contact

Doncaster – Set up a food bank in a REAL bank, Meet at 11am, Clock Tower, Doncaster contact / 07587697028

Durham Market Place, DH1 3NJ Durham – Protest, 12:30 PM at Market Place

Dundee – March and Rally
Assemble at Hilltown Park 11.45 am - March to City Square for Rally 12 noon
Followed by Picket of  Home Scotland, 27 Albert Square Dundee
Contact: 07894901688 /

Ipswich – Contact:
11.30 am – 1.00 pm Silent Street, Ipswich

Vigil outside ATOS St Felix House, Silent Street, Ipswich and Job Centre.

1.00 pm – 3.00 pm near Boots in Tavern St
Living Wage Activity. Joint activity with NAPO members on strike.

6.30 pm Bonfire of Austerity

Consign Austerity to the Bonfire on the Green by Felaw Maltings (assemble in Mather Way)

Kings Lynn – “Pin the blame on Cameron” 11AM – 15pm outside Boots/ Wimpey/ Burtons - If you’re mad at the Coalition, here’s your chance to let them know.

Come and meet Mr Clegg Cameron, your two-faced government.

Let him know how you feel… and why. Contact / Facebook

Kingston upon Hull – Assembly 12:30pm, Queen Victoria Square - Dress up, bring placards, whistles, drums! Make some noise, get your voices heard! Let’s show the people of Hull that there IS an alternative to the government’s damaging policies of austerity. Facebook / Contact

Lambeth – Contact 07913496012 /

Leeds – 4pm in Dortmund square (outside the St John’s Shopping Centre). Action jointly organised by the West Yorks People’s Assembly and Unite Community Branch

Leicester – 4PM – Assemble outside De Montfort University’s Hugh Aston Building

Planning 2 demonstrations – one around the NHS and one around the Bedroom Tax. Contact: / Facebook

Liverpool - Contact Facebook

10AM – Assemble at St George’s Hall - there will be actions throughout the day.

Join the email list to keep updated (

London (Brent) – 9AM at Brent Magistrates Court - “No Council Tax Benefit Cuts” Facebook

Protest called by Unite the Union – Community Members, West London Peoples Assembly, Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group, Brent Housing Action, Zacchaeus Trust (Z2K)

Brent Council has summonsed 12000 people for non-payment of council tax . Many of these cant pay as their council tax benefit has been cut in the new council tax support scheme. Come and voice your objections to the cuts to the benefit and show support to those who have been summonsed. Debt advice charity Z2K will be at the court giving advice to those who have been summonsed.

London South – Contact / text 07806545279 / / Facebook

10AM – Deptford High Street / New Cross Road - An action against poverty, led by the local Foodbank

1:30PM – Deptford Lounge public square – A performance against austerity politics

4:30PM – Catford Town Hall to Lewisham High Street – A procession against austerity, the bedroom tax and local cuts. Finishing with

6PM – The grassy Knoll, opposite Lewisham DLR – Bonfire of Cuts with music, speakers and effigies

London West - 12PM – protest against loan sharks – H&T Pawnbrokers and The Money Shop, 22 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherds Bush

Manchester - 5PM – Anti austerity torch lit tour of the city Assemble at ATOS HQ Albert Bridge House Bridge street M60 GAT More info

Medway – contact / Facebook

12pm – outside the ATOS centre on Bachelor Street, Chatham

2pm – Picket at the Jobcentre

Middlesbrough – flashmob-style sing-a-long protest against austerity in the town centre around lunchtime/early afternoon in a location where we suspect it will be noticed. Contact the Teesside People’s Assembly: / Facebook

Newcastle - Assemble from 5pm outside Haymarket metro station.

Actions begin at 5:30pm which will highlight local examples of tax-dodging, loan-sharking and zero-hour-contracting

Contact 07515676025/ Facebook

Norwich – Planned vigil outside the Town Hall, Facebook

Nottingham – Assemble at 5pm, Brian Clough Statue, Market Square – Firesculpture, Fire Breathers, NHS petition. Contact Facebook

Oxford – Contact / 07954365186

9.30 am Lobby County Council

11 am Austerity on Trial: Bonn Square

12 noon Probation officers’ strike begins: St Aldate’s

5.30pm Bonfire of Austerity: Bonn Square

6.30pm Where next? Town Hall Contact / 07954365186

Pembrokeshire – Saturday 2 Nov – Dress up as politicians for a symbolic bonfire – actions will focus on post offices, NHS, fire stations. Contact / Facebook / Website

RCT/ Bridgend – “Unite Against Austerity” – Rolling demonstration – Actions focused on workfair and zero-hour contracts, the Bedroom Tax and local cuts proposed in RCT. Contact / 01443 227996

10:30AM – Bridgend Valleys2Coast housing association. Meet outside the entrance to the shopping centre, Caroline St in the centre of Bridgend.

13:00 – McDonalds on Llantrisant

14:30 – Pontypridd Job Centre

From 16:00 – Pontypridd town centre by the fountain to oppose the RCT cuts.

Salford – Assemble 2PM at Stott Lane by Meadowbrook and Salford Royal hospitals.

Protest against the closure of mental health wards in Salford and Bolton by Gtr Mcr West NHS Trust. The protest is organised by United Service Users Committee and Salford Against Cuts, and supported by Keep Our NHS Public.

Sheffield and South Yorkshire – 4pm at the Town Hall for a celebration and a demonstration – Actions also planned during the day, contact 07814420319 / Facebook

Shropshire – ‘Sit-in’ at the banks in Shrewsbury. Meet at The Square, Shrewsbury between 12-12.15pm. Contact / Facebook

Southampton – contact / Facebook

12.30 outside the local ATOS centre Block A, Richmond House (college street entrance), Terminus Terre, Southampton

1.00pm outside the Job Centre

5.30pm we will be holding a demo at the local BBC studio, Opposite the Civic Center

St. Albans – Contact

Stroud - Stroud Against the Cuts is joining @pplsassembly Nov 5th ‘Bonfire of Austerity’ protests:

Assemble outside the Stroud Jobcentre at 12.30PM

and @ Neil Carmichael’s office 4.00 – 6.30PM

Tameside – Contact NIGEL 07709056079

Wilts and Dorset - Sunday 27 October – “Balls to the Cuts” – Gather at 12pm at Cerne Abbas Giant in Dorset for a photo of people in a No Cuts formation. Contact / Facebook

Wrexham – Gather at Queens Square Wrexham at 10am for a day of rolling action / 12PM for a rally. Contact / Facebook

York – City centre from 1pm – Model bonfire of austerity measures

Assemble at 4pm at St Helens Square for ” A festival of free speech against austerity” – an open mic event so bring speeches, poems, songs and anything else, dress up, bring props and join in a festival against austerity. Contact / website

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